Saturday, 15 December 2012

The end of the world as we know it?

With the end of the Mayan calendar coming up on 21st December and the alleged apocalypse nigh I thought i'd share some alternative views on 'the end of the world'.

This video was made by someone i'm subscribed to on Youtube:


The bit that really struck a chord with me was 'Energy Flows Where Attention Goes'. That is so right. I've been wasting my life away focussing all my attention on worrying and anxiety provoking thoughts and I feel absolutely exhausted by it all. I want 'the end of the world' to be a new beginning for me and for everyone. No more uneccessary worry or stress. Just live and love life freely and honestly.

Instead of fearing....CELEBRATE!


Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Happy Half-Birthday to me!

A very merry unbirthday to me
To who?
To me

Oh you!

A very merry unbirthday to you

Who me?

Yes, you!

Oh, me!

Let's all congratulate us with another cup of tea

A very merry unbirthday to you!
Now, statistics prove, prove that you've one birthday
Imagine, just one birthday every year
Ah, but there are three hundred and sixty four unbirthdays!
Precisely why we're gathered here to cheer
A very merry unbirthday to you, to you
To me?
To you!
A very merry unbirthday
For me?
For you!

Now blow the candle out my dear
And make your wish come true
A merry merry unbirthday to you!

"The Unbirthday Song" from Disney's Alice in Wonderland

So today is my half-birthday, the most important unbirthday of all. This means that as of today I am 21 and a half years old, that's half way to 22 - eek!  It also means that I only have 6 months left to complete my 21 things to do before I turn 22 list. So far i've still only completed two of them (learn a new craft and enter at least 3 things into the village show) but i'm over half way to completing the 'watxh at least 50 more of of the IMDB top 250 films' one. At this stage I very much doubt i'm going to complete them all but i'm going to do my best to get through as many as I can.


 






Thursday, 22 November 2012

Thanksgiving

We don't have Thanksgiving in the UK which I've always thought was a shame. It seems like such a happy, family orientated time without all the added stress that comes with Christmas.
I know I haven't posted in a couple of weeks, the reason being that I haven't had access to a computer (I still don't, I'm currently typing this via my mobile for the very first time so I apologise in advance for any mistakes!) but I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has taken the time to read and comment on my blog over the past 18 months. It means a lot. :)


 

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is one of my favourite days of the year so i've been planning and looking forward to it for weeks. I made some paper mache treat bowls (they didn't turn out as well as i'd hoped) and some origami decorations and I also bought a few pumpkins to carve.

Unfortunately it's been raining here for most of the day so I only had one person come round trick or treating but such is the nature of British weather!

Anyway, here are some snaps:

Treat bowls -


My outfit (my favourite thing!) - 


I won't put up any pictures of my pumpkin until I finish the rest of them (I think I was slightly overambitious with what I thought I could achieve in one night when I ordered 5!)  -  and  I couldn't get a very good picture of it tonight anyway.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Stoptober - Cold Turkey or Gradual Weaning?

So i've been wanting to give up smoking for a little while now, not just for myself but for everyone in my family who keeps banging on at me to stop all the time. I thought now would be a good time to 'start stopping' due to the NHS starting their Stoptober campaign - an initiative designed to help people quit smoking during the month of October in case you hadn't already guessed.
It officially started on 1st October but I only found out about it on Saturday by chance as I don't watch much TV or read magazines so hadn't seen any adverts for it before. I decided to wait until after my Mum's birthday had passed on Monday before I started trying to quit as I didn't want to be grumpy for her special day (she also smokes and as i'm living with her at the moment it makes giving up that little bit harder).
Unfortunately the NHS are only offering Stoptober packs to people living in England, despite it being a national campaign, which is kind of annoying and the free app I downloaded for it doesn't work, which is even more annoying - so i'm just really using the term Stoptober because it's catchy, not because i'm actually officially taking part in it.
My question is though - do I go cold turkey or do I gradually wean myself off the cigarettes hopefully making completely quitting eventually easier? I first started smoking about 3 years ago, just socially at first but it soon became an every day habit, I currently smoke about 8 to 12 cigarettes a day on average, so i'm not classed as a long term or heavy smoker. Based on this what do you think I should do? (I haven't had a cigarette since about midnight, so it's been about 20 hours or so now and I won't be able to get any more until at least 7am tomorrow).
Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated!




Monday, 8 October 2012

The problem with not having Facebook

So I deleted (well, diabled as you can't actually delete it) my Facebook account a couple of months ago. It wasn't doing my self esteem any good seeing everyone gushing about how great their lives are when mine felt like it was anything but and I simply didn't care for it anymore. I'd felt like this for quite some time before I actually bit the bullet and took down my page but the final straw came when someone commented that I was on Facebook ALL the time (which to be fair, I was) and members of my family were starting to really bug me about it. I don't miss it at all which is quite surprising considering how much time I used to spend on there but the only problem is - literally NO ONE reads my blog anymore. I know I have been very lazy recently in regards to keeping my blog up to date but nothing really of note has been going on in my life so I didn't have much to say. I used to use Facebook to sort of promote my blog by sending people notifications when I had written a new post, I now realise that most of my readers were probably members of my own family and friends and that people who are actually subscribed to my blog very rarely actually read it.
I mean it's one thing to wonder if you're boring but to have it confirmed really stinks.

So if anyone is reading this (which I highly doubt), 'thanks'.


Sunday, 7 October 2012

Tutorial: 8 Point Origami Star

I've fallen in love with origami ever since the Llanrhaeadr Show, my bedroom is now littered with paper cranes, hearts and stars - so today I thought i'd show you how to make an 8 point origami star like the one I made for my competition entry.

First you need to select 8 pieces of 15cm x 15cm paper in colour of your choice. The paper i'm using is just from a super cheap eBay shop but you can also use real washi paper for a more authentic Japanese feel. (I find it works better than the cheap stuff and isn't that much more expensive).


Step 1: Place the paper colour side down and fold along both the diagonal axis, crease well and unfold.


Step 2: Now fold the left side to meet the diagonal crease. 


Step 3: Make a mountain fold along the dotted line shown below. (To make a mountain fold you just fold the paper behind instead of in front).


 Your paper should now look like this:


Step 4: Fold the upper layer of the side i've labelled AB to meet i've labelled AC.


Your paper should now look like this:


Step 5: Flip the paper over.


Step 6: Fold the right side to meet the vertical crease.


 Step 7: Now make a diagonal fold  along the dotted line and fold the bottom tip upwards. 


Your paper should now look like this:


 Step 8: Make the unit you've already made a further 7 times. 


Step 9: Now it's time to assemble our star! First open up the right side of the first unit. 


Step 10: Place the second unit into the first. You want the edge to line up with the right diagonal crease of the first unit. To close back the first unit bring the tip over and tuck it between second unit completely so that both units are completely attached to each other. Repeat this with all the units. For the last unit you need to gently squeeze it in between the seventh and first unit without the rest of the units becoming unattached. It can be a bit tricky, so you have to be careful!


 
You're all finished! Your star should now look like this:


As I said earlier, the paper is not of the best quality so there are a few more crease in it than I would like.

Here's what it looks like when made with proper washi paper:


The back side:



***Have fun making your stars!***


Sunday, 30 September 2012

30 Days of List - THE WHOLE THING!

I've been very lazy recently and haven't bothered to upload any of my pages from the September edition of '30 Dayss of Lists'.

I think my lazinest shines through in my lists (is 'shines through' even an appropriate way to describe ones laziness?!?!), i'm not happy with how this project turned out at all.

I'm just going to upload the pictures and not bother with the explanations as the lists, despite being basic are pretty clear. It's not all about laziness this time!


My lists -

 































I think it's kind of a good job that I posted them all in one blog because that would have been boring as hell to read everyday, it's better to get it all over with in one go.